|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 72nd district
January 2011 – January 2013
|Preceded by||Adriano Espaillat|
|Succeeded by||Gabriela Rosa|
|Born||1951 (age 62–63)
Cabrera, Dominican Republic
|Residence||Manhattan, New York|
Guillermo Linares is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly who represented the 72nd Assembly District in Manhattan from 2011 to 2013. He is a former New York City councilman and a former New York City Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs.
Guillermo Linares was born on August 30, 1951 in the town of Cabrera in the Dominican Republic; he was the oldest of nine children. He shares the experiences and aspirations of immigrant New Yorkers, having left his native Dominican Republic in 1966 and joining his parents who gained residency through the 1965 immigration reform, he arrived in the East Tremont section of the Bronx, at just 14 years old. He began to learn the English language as he finished high school, gaining a General Equivalency Diploma from Theodore Roosevelt High School. Although initially discouraged from going to college by his high school guidance counselor, Linares was encouraged by his parents, who noted that as the eldest child, he had a responsibility to obtain a college degree. Taking on jobs, such as taxi driving, in order to pay for his college education, he became an American citizen during his sophomore year of college. He is currently married to Evelyn Linares, a public school principal. They have two children, Mayra and Guillermo, as well as a granddaughter, Ava. He has often credited his family with being critical to his successes in community activism, public office, and academia.
In 1991, Linares became the first Dominican elected to public office in New York City and tied for first in the United States with Kay Palacios. He served from 1992 to 2001 in the New York City Council. Linares also served as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, when President Bill Clinton appointed him in 1999 as a Commission chair. Linares was later appointed the NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs in 2004.
In 2010 Lineras was elected State Assemblyman for the 72nd District, replacing Adriano Espaillat who was elected to the State Senate.
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|New York City Council, 10th District
|New York Assembly|
|New York State Assembly, 72nd District